How to create a Bokeh effect background with stamp pads and ink

Creating beautiful backgrounds is a great way to create your own patterned paper. In today’s video I show you how to create a Bokeh effect, it’s really quite simple and add’s a wow factor to your project.


I have used the background on a card but it would look equally great on a journalling or scrapbook page.

Cut and score your whisper white card as follows:

  • Cardbase 4.1″ x 5.8″ (148mm x 105mm)
  • Top layer cut to 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (133mm x 95mm)


I started with the darkest colour and created some swirls on the page, the Bokeh effect is caused by lights in the background of an image so I wanted it to be swirly and circular. I cut the sponge into 8ths and used my tab punch to punch out a shape in the corrisponding card colour. I also wrote the ink name on the card so as not to get them confussed in future.

Depending on how inked up or “juicy” your ink pag is will depend on the pressure you need to get the right amount of ink on your sponge, play around with it until you are happy with the amount transfered.


Once you have added all 3 colours and completly covered your cardstock you can use the white craft ink to create your circles. I used 3 different sized circles punched out of a piece of vellumn as a template and just ad libbed where I put them. Vary the amount of ink you use for coverage so that some circles appear brighter than others and overlap your circles as well as hanging some off the sides of the paper.

I used the butterfly and sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set, I am in love with the way the black image pops off the coloured background.

What are your favourite techniques for creating backgrounds and what do you use the backgrounds for? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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